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Israel, Day 6

...next up, we leave the Galilee region and head for Jerusalem. Somewhere in the Judean Desert between Jericho and Jerusalem, we visit Genesis Land aka Abraham's Tent. A hot and dry establishment, but the camel ride was fun, and lunch in the tent was kinda nice. From there, we proceed to Jerusalem, and before going to our hotel, we visit the Garden of Gethsemane. A somewhat moving and sobering place. We get settled in, but early the next morning we visit the Mount of Olives...what a view of the old city !

Genesis LandGethsemaneMount of Olives

Israel, Day 5

The experience continued, with a surprise side trip to Nimrod's Fortress. What a scenic spot the Golan Heights is ! We also took in a tour of a Winery in the Golan Heights, wherein I may have been forced to relax my no alcohol policy :) Additionally, we went to Beit She'an.Again, I don't normally "dig" it, but it's a huge site. Remember that's where the Philistines hung King Saul's body...see 2 Samuel 21:12.
The trip is almost half way through by this time, and my head is so full; I should have taken notes !!
Click on the images below to go to some photo albums...
Nimrod's FortressGolan Heights Winery TourBet She'an

Israel, Day 4

Next up, a bunch of other activities, including a visit to Yardenit, a water baptismal site on the Jordan River. Many of our crew decided to be baptized (I chickened out) :)
A stop at Korazim (woe unto you), and a visit to the temples and springs of Caesarea Philippi rounded out the day. As a rule, I don't really "dig" archeology (har), but the accompanying talks and information were a true wellspring of benefit to me. The pagan temples and shrines now seem a suitable backdrop for Jesus to use and proclaim: "on this rock I will build my church"...
Again, click on the photos below to go to the respective albums.

Jordan RiverKorazimCaesarea Philippi

Israel, Day 3

We spent the third day on and around the Sea of Galilee. First up, a splendid boat ride. We departed on the eastern shore from a dock near the Ein Gev Kibbutz, and after an hour and a half or so, docked again on the western shore near Ginosar. Some shopping and a visit to the Jesus Boat Museum, and we were on our way to Capernaum, and the Mount of Beatitudes, ending our day back at the Ramot Resort Hotel. In the middle of this somewhere, we managed to squeeze in a lunch of St. Peter's fish (Tilapia) at the Ein Gev Fish Restaurant. Everyone raved about the fish but I've eaten plenty of fish that was much better...the Newfoundlander coming out I guess :) However, the place was nice and the fish was indeed good. As before, click on the images below to go to the respective albums...

GalileeJesus Boat MuseumEin Gev Fish :)Capharnaum

Israel, Day 2

The next day we left Tel Aviv, and headed north along the Mediterranean towards the Galilee region. From afar, Israel is a tiny country, but "Scale" is everything as they say. There's so much to see here. First we stopped in Caesarea, and witnessed the nature defying antics of the megalomaniac Herod. We also visited Mount Carmel, site of the showdown between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Finally, we stopped by Nazareth, and then ended up at a hotel in the Tiberias region on the Sea of Galilee. Again, click on the three images below to go to the respective albums...

Caesarea (National Park)

Mount Carmel

Nazareth Village

Israel Day 1, Tel Aviv

I'm going to post a bunch of albums here on our recent trip to Israel. First up, Day 1, spent in Tel Aviv, mostly unwinding and getting used to the 6 hour time change...Click on the image below to go to the album...

Tel Aviv